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Past Progressive Tense

The past progressive tense (also sometimes called "past continuous") is formed by using was/were + main verb + ing, as in, "We were eating dinner when the phone rang."

We use the past progressive tense to talk about actions that were already in progress when another action took place in the past. (At the moment the phone rang, we were already in the process of eating dinner.)

It's also common to use this tense to talk about two on-going actions that were happening at the same time in the past, as in, "While Justin Timberlake was finishing his new album, his fans were waiting for the chance to hear it."

Finally, we can also use this tense to talk about actions in the past that took place over time, as in, "I couldn't sleep last night because dogs were barking the whole night."

Past Progressive Tense Grammar Quiz

  1. While you sweating in the hot sun, I was hanging out in the air conditioned shopping mall.

  2. I lost my watch while I was .

  3. The family at the table sharing cookies.

  4. Julie in the coffee shop when her friend texted her to come to the bar.

  5. While I was cleaning the apartment, were you ?

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Past Progressive Tense Lessons:

Move On

Tangled

Fedoras

Pitch In

Translating

Project Runway

Surfing

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United States

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United States

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09:45 PM Jul 25 2016 |

yverson

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

i was eating when my mon called me

04:35 AM Jun 01 2016 |

sally_gallego

Philippines

I was waiting for the last trip when my friend suddenly arrived to fetch me up.

04:51 PM Feb 22 2016 |

Sultanasumi

India

i used to studied hard. but now i am used to going outside instead.

08:10 AM Dec 11 2015 |

jos3p

Andorra

thanks for sharing this educational article, its really help me a lot


11:54 AM Sep 27 2015 |

wiasullah

wiasullah

Afghanistan

Past prograssive tense is used to talk about the past action which was in prograss and other action were happend,

10:48 PM Jan 14 2015 |

wiasullah

wiasullah

Afghanistan

when i was hearing music during the night time, my friend calling me to go for gyme, if any thing wrong please correct me,

08:49 PM Nov 04 2014 |

wiasullah

wiasullah

Afghanistan

We were eating dinner when my girl friend called me

08:44 PM Nov 04 2014 |

sunny_ling88

China

I couldn’t sleep well last night because my baby was crying the whole night. I was being tired in day time.

11:32 PM May 12 2014 |

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